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Grimes honored

Greenbrier High School teacher Samantha Grimes has been inducted into the Jostens Renaissance® Hall of Fame.  Grimes was honored at the 27th annual Jostens Renaissance National Conference in Orlando, Florida from July 12-14.  

Samantha earned her BA and Master of Administration degrees from Western Kentucky University in Bowling Green and has been coordinating Renaissance for 12 of her 18 years in education. She has been recognized as Jostens Renaissance Coordinator of the Year, and Greenbrier has won several Renaissance awards including Storyteller and Make It Matter awards. She is also a key organizer of the Smoky Mountain Regional Renaissance Collaborative and has coordinated many gatherings of local Renaissance schools to share ideas and bring people together.

The Jostens Renaissance Hall of Fame honor is presented to educators who demonstrate exceptional leadership by improving the school’s climate and culture, which is tied to improvements in academic achievement among all students at their respective schools. They have also made a significant impact in supporting the Jostens Renaissance Education program at both the state and national level. 

Grimes received the Jostens Renaissance Hall of Fame honorary ring and award from Chuck Mooty, president and CEO, Jostens, and Mike Wolf, Senior Director of Jostens Renaissance Education. 

"Jostens is honored to recognize Samantha Grimes by inducting her into the Jostens Renaissance Hall of Fame," said Mike Wolf, Senior Director of Jostens Renaissance Education.   “The passion and dedication of Ms. Grimes and educators all over the world are the driving force in impacting students’ academic performance, attendance and behavior.  They have been instrumental in creating improved morale in their schools, which has resulted in raised GPAs, school attendance and graduation rates. They have also addressed the intangibles – they have worked with their school colleagues to create an environment where every student belongs, not just attends.”

Greenbrier High School principal Dr. Katie Osborne said the recognition for Grimes was well-merited.

“Mrs. Grimes is very deserving of the Renaissance National Hall of Fame Award because of her dedication to promoting positivity through the Renaissance Program.  She reaches above and beyond expectations to recognize students for attendance, grades, and behavior.  At the same time, she demonstrates tremendous enthusiasm and invites other educators to learn more and be involved in Renaissance, themselves. I am very proud of Mrs. Grimes and grateful to her for bringing Renaissance to GHS!”

Katelyn Goostree, an alumna of Greenbrier High School, described her impact: “Mrs. Grimes greatly shaped me in my four short years of high school. I am now an Education major with dreams of the being half the teacher and half the leader she is. She gave this motivation and individual attention to every student she encountered and still gives this attention today.” 

Samantha acknowledged her award saying that all efforts have been team efforts on behalf of the students.  

“I am very honored that Jostens recognized Greenbrier High School in the tremendous program the faculty and staff have created and maintained the past twelve years,” she said.  “I am humbled to accept this award on their behalf and look forward to the new ideas we will implement this school year.”

Mrs. Grimes is a 1996 graduate of Magoffin County High School. She is the daughter of Carol Gullett and the late Ronnie Gullett.

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